Esu/Eshu/Exu is NOT the Devil

There are so many misconceptions and misinformation regarding our religion. One of the most common which also results in instilling fear, is that Esu ( or Exu Eshu) is the Yoruba version of the Devil. This is a classic case of Western ideas being imposed in a completely different and separate belief system. Eshu is not the Devil, he is the deity of the crossroads. He represents different possibilities and multiple choices. We then are obliged to find ourselves the right way to go. There is always the possibility of choosing between classic Good and Evil scenarios. We all have choice. How we choose what to do and how we behave is really down to us as individuals and human beings. There is no external force of evil Time to take responsibility people. We all have choices and Eshu does nothing but presents possibilities. Please inform google that their interpretation is incorrect and offensive to practitioners.
Informing Google! Sign the petition!


  1. Marce-querader

    I signed the petition too, and re-blogged on Tumblr. It’s important too to note that this disparaging translation was first published widely in the Yoruba-English dictionary penned by Rev. Ajayi Crowther back in 1843 (I’ve got a scanned copy – interesting for what it doesn’t contain as well as what it does) It seems to have been given legitimacy because he was a native Yoruba speaker – this work has been instrumental in perpetuating this misinformation. Yet he was captured and sold into slavery at the age of 12, educated by missionaries and later becoming a Christian missionary himself – his dictionary/publication was funded by the church) These biases are inherent in the definition he published.

    “Until the lions have their own historians, the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter.” –Chinua Achebe

    1. Wow thanks so much Marcia for your insight, and response! I hope people read it!

  2. Leslie Andre' Atkins El

    I would like to learn more about african spirituality

    1. I can send you some resources to your email address if that would be helpful.

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